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A tow truck driver hooks up a Chrysler Town and Country minivan at the intersection of 80th Street and Hardwood Avenue Monday after a two-vehicle accident involving a Chevrolet Cavalier. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss

Driver cited, taken to hospital after head-on crash in Cottage Grove

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Police said a driver was transported to an area hospital Monday after she failed to yield and caused an accident at a busy Cottage Grove intersection.

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According to police, Rachel Skaggs, 45, was westbound in her Chevrolet Cavalier on 80th Street shortly after noon preparing to turn south on East Point Douglas Road.

Cottage Grove police officer Mike McCormick, who was in the area at the time of the crash, said Skaggs had a green light but not a green arrow. Skaggs failed to yield to an oncoming Chrysler Town and Country, driven by a 35-year-old female, who was not injured in the head-on crash.

Skaggs was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was cited for failure to yield. The scene was cleared within minutes, but briefly backed up traffic on 80th Street.

"We actually had two investigators going on a call when the accident happened," McCormick said. "They were right there and actually called it in. I was only two blocks away when it happened so we were relatively close when everything happened."

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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